Planning a vacation with a preschooler can be very difficult. It can be the time of their life, but it’s always a challenge to keep them entertained. The main thing to keep in mind when planning your trip is to factor in extra time and try to be flexible with your schedule. They’re always going to be curious about the world around them, so you need to give them plenty of time to explore. This will make them happy and you will also enjoy watching them having a good time. Although it is tempting to just pack up and leave, there are a few things that need to be considered before you go.
In the days or even weeks leading up to your big vacation, try to get them excited about their destination by showing them pictures and books. This will ensure that they are not surprised when they arrive and will be able to adjust quickly.
When the adventure has begun, keep in mind that even with preparation, your preschooler is going to be overwhelmed with changes in schedule and environment. To limit the anxiety that comes with this sudden change, try to stick with a few of your basic routines like sticking to your normal nap schedule and trying to eat meals at your normal times. If you can give them a little comfort in knowing what might come next in their day, you can spend the time in between these set events simply enjoying your time together.
Overall, vacation with a preschooler can be fun for everyone if you take the time to prepare. There will be stressful moments for you, but keep in mind that this will be a memory that you will cherish forever!
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